Two for Joy

Two for Joy

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Reed and Mayer combine the scholarship of Steven Saylor with the humor of Lindsey Davis. Starred review in Booklist 12/00.

It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is faced with a new and byzantine problem: why are Constantinople's holy stylites bursting into flames as they stand atop their pillars? His investigations are hampered by a pagan philosophy tutor from his youth and a heretical Christian prophet whose ultimatums threaten to topple the Empire.

Then murder strikes close to home and John has only days to find a solution before he, his friends, his Emperor, and the city itself are destroyed. The sumptuous halls of the Great Palace and the riot-torn streets are filled with the same danger and deception. A colorful cast of characters that includes a runaway wife, servants and soldiers, madams and mendicants, a venomous court page and a wealthy landowner or two -- not to mention John's bete noire, the Empress Theodora -- adds texture to this rich, exotic tale of sixth century life and mysterious death.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781890208370
Characteristics: 345 p. : map ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mayer, Eric

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Jun 21, 2012

I keep thinking this series should be better than it really is. The setting and the set-up is very interesting and the main character is appealling. But the writing is a bit clunky and so it is hard to feel like one is moving along. I have now read books one and two in this series and I'm not sure I'll make it to 3. This from a person who likes to really read through series, too.


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